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Posted on: July 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] BISSELL Pet Foundation "Empty the Shelters" Summer Event

Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters

BISSELL Pet Foundation Partners with MetLife Pet Insurance for Summer National “Empty the Shelters” July 6-31

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control will waive adoptions fees as one part of 335+ shelters participating nationwide

PHOENIX, AZ July 5th, 2023—BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is excited to announce it will team up with MetLife Pet Insurance for the foundation’s upcoming “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event. With the shared goal of helping pets find and stay in loving homes, this collaboration will save lives by expanding the foundation's reach to include more shelters across the country. From July 6 to July 31, BISSELL Pet Foundation's Summer National “Empty the Shelters” will occur at more than 335 shelters in 44 states with pets available for adoption for just $50 or less, including Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC). 

  • MCACC will participate July 6-31, 2023 at both shelter locations, offering waived adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older. Puppies will be $75. 
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at 

Since the 2016 inception of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters,” nearly 158,000 pets at 669 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada have received second chances. An average of 1,200 shelter pets are adopted each day during each quarterly national event. Through this partnership and continued support, the foundation is looking forward to reaching more pets in more shelters and communities during this upcoming event. 

“We are excited to team up with MetLife Pet Insurance to offer 30 days of pet insurance at no cost to the adopter, as well as the opportunity to purchase an annual pet insurance policy, which could make a difference in helping adopters deal with their pet’s unexpected illness or injury," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Veterinary costs add up quickly, and too often, pet owners forgo care or surrender their beloved pets when they can't afford treatment. This collaboration could help to enable more pets in more communities to be adopted through 'Empty the Shelters' and can help facilitate adopters seeking treatment to keep their pets healthy and in their new homes.”

During our last Empty the Shelters event in May, 453 dogs found their forever homes. MCACC has been over capacity for several weeks, and is hopeful for another successful Empty the Shelters event.

“This is the busiest time of year for animal shelters nationwide. For the last several weeks, we have been over capacity.” said MCACC’s Communications Officer, Kim Powell. “We are excited to host another Empty the Shelters event so the hundreds of amazing dogs in our care can find their perfect match.”    

BISSELL Pet Foundation and MCACC urge families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit as well as 


About BISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,800 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit 


Media Contact:

Brittany Schlacter | Marketing & PR Specialist |, 616.600.9470

Kim Powell | Maricopa County Animal Care & Control | Communications Officer | | 602-506-2759

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